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American democracy is now under siege from within

Exacerbating political divisions set off alarms of conflicts to come

| U.S.
Activists attend a protest in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade abortion decision in Washington on July 9: The decision delivered a seismic political shock.    © Reuters

Ian Bremmer is president of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media and author of "The Power of Crisis."

Thirty years ago, the Soviet empire collapsed, in large part because many within its orbit believed Western-style democracy and rule of law were superior to Soviet communism. America's openness and strong political institutions won admiration from millions who wanted to live in a political system where a leader's legitimacy depended on winning genuinely competitive, free and fair elections.

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